M.Sc. Intellectual Property Law

| Helsinki, Finland
The MSc in Intellectual Property Law (IPL) is a unique combination of legal and business studies. This programme gives students solid expertise in both areas and an exceptional understanding of today’s markets and the world of intellectual property. This programme is offered by Hanken School of Economics.
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The programme is delivered in close cooperation with industry, which ensures it remains at the forefront of developments in IP law.

As the protection of all types of intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets) becomes more and more important, the need for experts with competence in both law and business is growing exponentially. If you really want an advantage in the job market and you envisage yourself as the intellectual property expert of tomorrow, this is the programme for you.

The programme offers an international environment of a high academic standard. It provides you with outstanding networks for the future and a wide range of career opportunities. As the only Finnish university in the European Union Intellectual Property Office University Network, our programme offers an unique opportunity to network with students from other European elite institutions as well as supervisors from EUIPO, which administrates European trademarks and design registration.

IPR University Center

The programme is administered by the Department of Commercial Law and implemented in close co-operation with the IPR University Center, which is the leading academic intellectual property education and research centre in Finland.

Our graduates are equipped with
  • comprehensive knowledge of the intellectual property laws in Europe and internationally
  • competence in and knowledge of intellectual property rights in a business environment
  • research and analytical skills
  • communication skills
  • independent critical thinking in intellectual property matters

This Intellectual Property Law programme is offered by Hanken School of Economics.

Future Career Opportunities
70 % of students at Hanken have a job already before graduating. In 2014 as many as 98% of the students had a job 3 months after graduation.
Why Choose Hanken?
Hanken offers
  • A hundred years of experience in business and management education.
  • An international atmosphere. The percentage of international students is higher than at any other Finnish science-based university.
  • Excellent opportunities for exchange studies at one of Hanken's 100 partner universities. All students that go on exchange to a partner university get a scholarship.
  • An intimate environment where academic excellence, innovative teaching methods and corporate input meet.
  • Supervision and individual service. At Hanken both academic and administrative staff take the time to give you personal guidance.
  • A widely recognised degree offering excellent career prospects. Hanken alumni work in leading positions in more than 60 countries worldwide.
  • A platform for building both professional and personal networks that last a lifetime.
  • A degree from an institution internationally accredited by both EQUIS and AMBA.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee
  • EUR12500 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.


Non-EU/EEA students admitted in 2017 to master's programmes in English are required to pay tuition at all universities in Finland. There are certain exemptions:

The fees will not concern those non-EU/EEA students who

  • are family members of an EU/EEA citizen (spouse / child)
  • are already residing in Finland or some other EU country on a permanent basis (i.e. are equivalent to EU citizens, continuous (A) or permanent (P/P-EU) residence permit type)

For EU citizens all university education is free of charge. All students regarldess of nationality are, however, obliged to pay an annual student union membership fee of approximately EUR 120.

The fee for non-EU/EEA students at Hanken has been set at 12500 EUR/year.

Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Year 1
Compulsory courses
  • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law
  • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law II
  • International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law
  • Law and Economics of Intellectual Property Law
  • Intellectual Property Strategy for Business
Elective courses, from the list below or other
  • Nordic IP Moot Court Competition
  • Nordic IP Moot Court Competition II
  • Practical IP Law in Europe
  • Literature Course in Intellectual Property Law
Year 2
Compulsory courses
  • Research Methodologies in Intellectual Property Law
  • Research Seminar
  • Master's Thesis
  • Elective courses, from the list above or other

English Language Requirements

Graduate Admission Tests

This programme accepts GMAT
Minimum score: 550

The Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) is a standardised exam, delivered in English, used in admissions for thousands of business masters programmes globally. By taking this test you can show your suitability for this programme. The GMAT exam has been shown to be a valid predictor of academic performance in MBA and other business masters programmes.

More information


  • Bachelor/Master's degree from a recongnised University or Polytechnic
  • Sufficient language skills
  • GMAT/GRE admission test score
  • Sufficient study background for the programme: At least 60 ECTS in economic sciences and/or relevant studies in mathematics and quantitative methods of which at least 30 ECTS must be within subjects relevant for the programme
  • Motivation letter
  • CV required

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